700 years ago, the ideas of neighboring Native american cultures combined to create a unique and vibrant society. This became known as the Salado Phenomena. Tonto National Monument was created to showcase two Salado-style cliff dwellings. Guests can see these sites and experience colorful pottery, woven cotton cloth, and other artifacts that tell the stories of these people.
Archeologists have worked throughout the history of the park to help discover more about and help preserve this unique culture. Recently, archeologists have been working on mapping and documenting the Upper Cliff Dwelling. The work was done by using a high-resolution 3-D scanner to scan the area and create a map. Additionally, archeologists have helped with mapping of several back-country sites.
For more information about Tonto National Monument, visit its website. For more information about various archeological and other cultural resources projects, click here. To take a virtual tour of the monument, check out this link.